Other than the wideout position, if there’s one spot on the Detroit Lions that could stand a major upgrade it’s the spot of linebacker. There’s been a talent drain from the roster and through the last few seasons, the team hasn’t been able to improve
The good news for the Lions is there should be plenty of options for the team to improve their lot at the position in the coming draft. Even if the Lions don’t elect to pick up someone like Micah Parsons early on, the team can still score with a major difference maker further down the board.
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What linebackers represent the best fits for the Lions this year? Here’s a look at some names the team should consider to fill some of their needs at the position.
Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
While there might not be a big-time player the team would want to gamble on early, nabbing a solid talent like Surratt a bi further down the board could be the perfect way to address one of the biggest needs on the team this offseason. Surratt is a pure athlete that has great mobility given his days as a former quarterback. He can be a solid pursuit player for the Lions and someone that a confident defensive staff can mold into one of the next greats at the position. Some of Surratt’s skills are not teachable, which lends to the notion that he could become a great linebacker with time and honing.
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Nick Bolton, Missouri
A potential solid fit in the second-round for the Lions, Bolton is a balanced player who is solid against both the run and the pass and has cut his teeth in the tough SEC. In his career with the Tigers, Bolton was a tackling machine with 220 stops, 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 17 tackles for-loss. He also has a defensive touchdown in his career proving how versatile he is. Bolton is a sneaky good fit for the Lions in terms of a player who can bring some instant playmaking to the defense at a key spot.
Jamin Davis, Kentucky
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